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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) Gardiner's Island vs. (7) Montauk

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

In terms of development action alone, Montauk's definitely on top. In the past year, more monumental Montauk real estate hit the market than anyone would've liked to see. The East Deck Motel, Salivar's, the Montauket Hotel, the Inlet Marina, and even a portion of the Deep Hollow Ranch (you know, the one J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexel just purchased), are all up for grabs! And with new additions like Navy Beach and Edition, The End's dining and shopping scene doesn't seem to be letting up either. Add to that America's most controversial 7-Eleven and some award-winning architecture for proof that everything is happening in "the only town remaining with organic Hamptons charm."

If everything's happening in Montauk, then absolutely nothing is happening on Gardiner's Island. But deadbeat is exactly how "the only real estate still intact as part of an original royal grant from the English Crown" should be! The island's currently owned by Alexandra Creel Goelet, who has worked out a deal with East Hampton "to not up-zone the island, change its assessment, or attempt to acquire it by condemnation." That deal's only good until 2025, so maybe the spotlight is headed for this island soon enough.

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